White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
Cheesecake bars less finicky that their cake counterparts, and just as delicious.
I used my favorite cheesecake bars base found in my book 100 Cookies, which has a traditional cheesecake filling, topped with with white chocolate ganache and a white chocolate drizzle. You could turn the drizzle any color you’d like, but I love using red for Christmas or Valentine’s Day.
A quick tip: Room temperature ingredients will help your cheesecake bake faster; if your cheesecake is taking longer to get to the right temperature, don’t worry.
Using White Chocolate
White chocolate is made from cocoa butter, and you’ll quickly learn that not all white chocolate is created equal. Use feves or white chocolate bars, as white chocolate chips do not melt well. Also, white chocolate melts more quickly than dark chocolate so be sure to stir it more frequently, especially when using the microwave.
More Cheesecake Recipes:
- (Almost) No-Bake Cheesecake with Jam Swirl
- Vanilla Cheesecake Cookies
- Crème Fraîche Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache and Mint Meringue
Creamy White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
- 2 cups [200 g] graham cracker crumbs
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons [57 g] unsalted butter melted
- 24 oz [678 g] cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups [300 g] granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup [180 g] sour cream at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs at room temperature
White Chocolate Ganache
- 8 oz [226 g] white chocolate
- 1 cup [240 g] heavy whipping cream
White Chocolate Drizzle
- 2 oz [57 g] white chocolate
- red food coloring
For the crust
- Adjust an oven rack to a middle position of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350F [180C]. Grease a 9 x 13 in [23 to 33 cm] pan and line it with a parchment sling.
- Place the graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk together. Pour in the melted butter and stir until combined.
- Press the mixture into the prepare pan and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool. After the pan has cooled, wrap the outside sides in two layer of aluminum foil, with the shiny side facing out (this helps keep the sides of the cheesecake from browning).
For the filling
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until light and completely smooth, 4 to 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl often, making sure all the cream cheese has incorporated and is silky smooth. Add the sugar and salt and beat on medium speed until completely incorporated, stopping to scrape down the sides fo the bowl as needed, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sour cream and vanilla, and beat on medium speed until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition, until just combined. Using a spatula, give the filling a couple of turns to make sure it is fully mixed.
- Pour the filling over the cooled crust and use an offset spatula to smooth the top. Bang the bottom of the pan on the counter a few times to help get rid of any air bubbles. Bake the cheesecake until the center of the cheesecake registers 150F [65C], 30 to 35 minutes. The outside 2 to 3 in [5 to 8 cm] of the cheesecake will be puffed and fairly firm and set, but the center will still be slightly jiggly at this point. Turn off the heat, open the oven door just a crack, and let the cheesecake rest and cool in the warm oven for 1 hour.
- Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cheesecake cool. Once it is completely cool, place a piece of parchment over the top of the pan (this helps keep condensation off the top of the cheesecake) and transfer it to the refrigerator. Let chill for at least 6 hours or overnight.
For the White Chocolate Ganache
- Place the chocolate in a small bowl. Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan until it is simmering and just about to boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let sit for 5 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap and use a butter knife to stir the chocolate into the cream, until it is completely smooth. Let the mixture cool to almost room temperature. Once cool, remove the cheesecake from the freezer, and pour the ganache over the top, and use an offset spatula to spread in an even layer. Let the ganache set before decorating and slicing.
- When the ganache layer is completely set, melt the white chocolate in a small saucepan, stirring constantly, until smooth. Add a few drops of red food coloring until the desired color is reached. If your white chocolate seizes when the food coloring is added, add a a little bit of water (a scant teaspoon at a time), stirring constantly, until it smooths out again (this happened to me, and it smoothed out just fine). Pour the chocolate into a disposable piping bag (or small zip-top bag) and snip the end to make a small opening (you want thin lines, so the smaller hole, the better). The chocolate will immediately want to start pouring out, so tip the end up until you are ready to pipe, and be ready to pipe immediately. Make a pattern across the top. Let the chocolate set before slicing. Use the parchment paper to gently remove the bars from the pan. Cut the cheesecake bars into squares.